Phil Davis and Warren Clarke join BBC One’s ‘Poldark’ adaptation

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Filming has begun on BBC One’s new adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed Poldark saga.

Set in 18th century Cornwall, the eight-part series stars Aidan Turner (Being Human) and Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen) as Ross Poldark and Demelza.

The cast also includes Heida Reed (Silent Witness) as Ross’s first love Elizabeth, Jack Farthing (Blandings) as ambitious banker George Warleggan, Kyle Solder (Anna Karenina) as Ross’ cousin Francis Poldark, Warren Clarke (Red Riding) as Ross’s uncle Charles Poldark, Phil Davis (Whitechapel) as Ross’s lazy manservant Jud and Beatie Edney (Poirot) as Jud’s wife Prudie, Alexander Arnold (Skins) as Ross’s farm hand Jim Carter and Robert Daws (Holby City) as Dr Choake.

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Executive producer Karen Thrussell commented: “We’re so thrilled by the Poldark cast… We can’t wait to start shooting next week and begin this epic journey in the stunning Cornish landscape.”

The official synopsis reads: “Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession… falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest – only the bankers are smiling. It’s 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin.  But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.”

Directed by Ed Bazalgette (The Guilty, Endeavour), Poldark will air on BBC One in 2015.

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